First Amendment on College Campuses: Speech, Religion, Sexuality, Gender

March 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Knight Conference Center, Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
Free and open to the public. Registration is required.
First Amendment on College Campuses: Speech, Religion, Sexuality, Gender @ Knight Conference Center, Newseum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

What is the current state of the First Amendment on college campuses? Do “free speech” zones create a chilling effect of speech in areas outside those zones? Do neutral and generally applicable laws about non-discrimination against LGBT people substantially burden the religious liberties of those who oppose same-sex marriage or do religious liberty exemptions create a license to discriminate? What impact do non-discrimination laws regarding gender have on private, religiously-affiliated colleges and universities that oppose providing contraception services, either directly or indirectly? What effect do the enforcement of such laws (such as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972) have on speech generally? The following experts will discuss these and other First Amendment challenges in higher education today.


Marshall Breger (Moderator) is a Professor of Law at the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America. He has held Senior positions in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations. His most recent book is Independent Agencies in the United States: Law, Structure, and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Eugene Volokh (Keynote Presenter/Panelist) is the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at UCLA and author of The First Amendment and Related StatutesThe Religion Clauses and Related Statutes, and the founder and coauthor of The Volokh Conspiracy, a Weblog that receives about 35-40,000 pageviews per weekday.

Kim Colby (Panelist) is the director of the Christian Legal Society’ s Center for Law and Religious Freedom, where she has worked since graduating from Harvard Law School in 1981. She has represented religious groups in several appellate cases, including two cases heard by the United States Supreme Court.

Greg Lukianoff (Panelist) is an attorney and the president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). He is the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate and Freedom From Speech and he is a graduate of American University and Stanford Law School.

Hanna Rosin (Panelist) is a co-host of the NPR show Invisibilia and a contributing editor for the Atlantic, where she has written many cover stories on modern sexuality and the changing American family. She is also the author of the End of Men, about the radically different ways men and women live and relate today.

Heather Weaver (Panelist) is a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief. She previously served as litigation counsel for Americans United for Separation of Church and State and holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.



This event is co-sponsored by the Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of AmericaMoment Magazine, and the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute.

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